WD_BLACK CUSTOM GAMING PC GIVEAWAY!

Our friends at PB Tech teamed up with Western Digital and we’ve got a really special GGPC Custom Water Cooled Gaming PC up for grabs 🙂

GGPC Black – themed around the WD_BLACK SN750 NVMe SSD!

We do love a good theme here at GGPC NZ, and this one is built with cutting edge hardware throughout, our top tier Gaming PC features:

– WD_Black SN750 NVMe 1TB SSD with EKWB Heatsink
– Latest 9th Gen Intel i7-9700KF CPU with a Custom Hard Tube Water Cooling and 360mm Radiator
– Massive EVGA RTX 2080 FTW3 (For the WIN!) Graphics Card
– 16GB of super-fast 3200MHz HyperX FURY DDR4 RAM
– Asus ROG Z390 Motherboard with AURA RGB

Check out all the details on how you can win in the WD_BLACK GAMING PC GIVEAWAY at PB Tech today!

Good eSports NZ – Waikato University Arena

Ohh what a time to be alive! The University of Waikato has made New Zealand history by launching the first university-based esports facility, the OMEN Esports Arena. 

Equipped with multiple high-end Gaming PC, rows of DX Racer Gaming Chairs and a really big LG TV for streaming highlights, the esports arena serves as a dedicated space for on-campus gaming enthusiasts. 

To create the Arena, The University teamed up with OMEN, The popular HP gaming and esports brand who supplied 12 top-of-the-line gaming computers, and PB Tech, New Zealand’s largest IT and computer retailer who supplied the big screen LG TV as well as a partial sponsorship of the DX Racer gaming chairs. 

Mike Calvert, Director of Student Services at Waikato University, says the OMEN Esports Arena fits with the university’s direction of providing opportunities in a sport, “Esports is a global phenomenon and is one of the fastest-growing industries,” says Calvert. “With more than a million participants in New Zealand, and more than 300 million participants worldwide, it makes sense from a strategic perspective to move into this space,” he says. “Esports is a new and emerging field – the viewership is steadily climbing and the financial backing is growing, so it’s great to see the University of Waikato leading the way in this exciting industry.”

“We want to be able to give our students, who are likely to be engaging in esports anyway, an opportunity to be part of this in a socially inclusive environment where they can participate with like-minded people and, eventually, segue into future opportunities in esports.”

“It’s also an opportunity to link academic research and esports together, which is something we’re developing at the moment.” 

As part of the arena, the University of Waikato offers a school-leaver scholarship for students who excel in esports. The 2degrees Esports Scholarship for School-Leavers awards $5000 to students who demonstrate excellence in esports, exhibit leadership experience or potential, and who carry values in health and wellbeing. 

This year’s scholarship recipient, Ryan Holt, says the esports scholarship has allowed him to combine his passion for video games with his love of a challenge.  

Brian White, Business Development Manager for PB Tech Central North Island, says “the university’s commitment to opening an esports arena shows competitive gaming can be more than just a hobby. â€śFor a major university to be so involved with development pathways and scholarships for competitive gaming is just amazing.”

Jason Spiller, Marketing Manager for Gaming, Esports & Immersive Technologies at HP, says the OMEN Esports arena is providing a new opportunity for the region. â€śEsports is growing. It’s not only growing as a career option for those wanting to turn pro, but it’s growing in a myriad of other ways. From future careers and game development to coding and tournament operations, there are so many other aspects that go into what is now a massive industry.”

“In an age of growing digital isolation, gaming and esports are one of best ways to provide identity and community to students and the OMEN Esports Arena provides a place to foster those connections,” says Spiller.

Amongst the crowd enjoying the grand opening celebrations was Conrad from Ping Zero NZ, who took out first place in the F1 racing tournament (he’s quite the racer!), and Callum from Pixel Lounge NZ who raced into 3rd for the fun mini-event.

It’s all very exciting, you can read more about the new University of Waikato eSports Arena on the official FB page!

GAME ON!… I mean… STUDY ON!… well, both I guess!

GGPC AUGUST WINNER ANNOUNCED!

Picture of Good Gaming PC with Logitech G Gaming Keyboard, Headset, Mouse and Mouse Pad.

UPDATE: New GGPC promotions have begun!

AUGUST WINNER: Congratulations Katelyn T!

August already! 2019 is whizzing by and we’re kicking off a new monthly GG bonus with our friends at Logitech G!

This August, if you get yourself a Good Gaming PC you can register to redeem a G240 Gaming Mouse Pad to go with your new Gaming Rig.

The G240 Gaming Mouse Pad provides edge-to-edge performance on a clean surface with just the right amount of friction for low-DPI manoeuvres. Crafted for maximum control of your mouse movements, your gaming will benefit from the consistent surface texture, also giving your mouse sensors better imagery for translating mouse movement into cursor movement.

A great mousepad for any mouse, but that’s not all, our Massive Gaming Prize Pack will also be going out to one lucky gamer!

IMPORTANT: To be in to win the MEGA Prize you must register for the Logitech G240 Bonus!

Our grand prize for August is made up of three highly reviewed pieces of Logitech G Gaming Gear, that all come together to create an amazing setup.

First up we have a keyboard 4x faster than standard, the G213 Prodigy Gaming Keyboard. Designed for ultra-quick, responsive feedback with an anti-ghosting matrix that keeps you in control, so you can fire off multiple abilities key presses simultaneously.

The G213 Prodigy is tuned to deliver a superior tactile response and performance profile. At full height, they deliver a full 4mm travel distance, 50g actuation force, and it’s all wonderfully quiet so your teammates won’t hear you WASD like crazy in the heat of battle.

Next up we have the just-released Logitech G332 Gaming Headset, which is looking beautiful in black and red. Pop it onto your head and you’ll be treated to the glorious audio that comes from the big 50mm drivers within. Enjoy a complete, expansive soundscape for a more immersive gaming experience. Your favourite games will finally sound the way they’re supposed to: AMAZING!

Picture of Logitech G233 Gaming Headset, highlighting the drivers and plush earpieces.

A 6mm microphone makes sure your squadmates can hear you, and with the popular flip-to-mute boom feature it can silence you when you don’t want to be heard. Everything else about these headphones revolves around player comfort: The deluxe lightweight leatherette ear cups and headband are made to keep pressure off your ears.

Finishing the epic gaming setup for our lucky August event winner is the exceptional Logitech G502 Gaming Mouse. Packing the newly created HERO 16K sensor, full RGB LED Lighting and tunable weight options, this mouse is capable of tracking insane flicks at speeds over 400 IPS without spinning out. HERO 16K delivers peak performance at any sensitivity with zero smoothing, acceleration, or filtering from 100 to 16,000 DPI.

What a bunch of prizes!

Check out the all the latest Gaming PC and awesome Logitech G prizes, and keep your eyes on the GGPC Blog as we’ll announce the lucky MEGA PRIZE PACK winner at the end of the month!

Good Gaming – 3rd Gen Ryzen, new X570 Motherboards & AMD RX 5700 XT Graphics!

It’s exciting times for PC builders with the new AMD Ryzen 3000 series just released in New Zealand!

UPDATE: New parts have been added to the Ryzen Custom PC Builder Tool. For the X570 and PCIe 4.0 SSD specifically, there is also a new Ryzen X570 Master Builder 🙂

It’s important to note that only the new Ryzen 3 3200G and Ryzen 5 3400G include integrated VEGA graphics, with the others, you’ll need to pair dedicated graphics cards in your builds.

The key takeaway information is faster clock speeds, faster RAM supported and a larger L3 cache – many of the models look to include the top-tier Ryzen Wraith Prism RGB Cooler too, rather than the previous Wraith Spire RGB option. If you’re using a current gen AM4 A320, B450 or X470 motherboard be sure to check the BIOS updates before you install the new CPU.

AMD Ryzen 3 3200G
Integrated Graphics: VEGA 8
CPU Cores: 4
Threads: 4
Base Clock: 3.6GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.0GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 2933MHz
Cache: L2 2MB, L3 4MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Stealth

AMD Ryzen 5 3400G
Integrated Graphics: VEGA 11
CPU Cores: 4
Threads: 8
Base Clock: 3.7GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.2GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 2933MHz
Cache: L2 2MB, L3 4MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Stealth

AMD Ryzen 5 3600
CPU Cores: 6
Threads: 12
Base Clock: 3.6GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.2GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 3200MHz
Cache: L2 3MB, L3 32MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Stealth

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
CPU Cores: 6
Threads: 12
Base Clock: 3.8GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.4GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 3200MHz
Cache: L2 4MB, L3 32MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Spire

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
CPU Cores: 8
Threads: 16
Base Clock: 3.6GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.4GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 3200MHz
Cache: L2 4MB, L3 32MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Prism RGB

AMD Ryzen 7 3800X
CPU Cores: 8
Threads: 16
Base Clock: 3.9GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.4GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 3200MHz
Cache: L2 4MB, L3 32MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Prism RGB

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
CPU Cores: 12
Threads: 24
Base Clock: 3.8GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.6GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 3200MHz
Cache: L2 6MB, L3 64MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Prism RGB

Regarding cache, it’s basically a really small amount of fast memory used by the CPU, so for those who aren’t familiar here’s a quick metaphor.

You are a CPU, actively working on something with your right hand

Have something on the workbench in front of you (data in L2 cache)

Have something behind you in the cupboard (data in L3 cache)

Data which is stored in your RAM or SSD is like having it another room, so it takes a bit longer to fetch (we’re talking fractions of a second though)

Motherboard wise, we have a new X570 series releasing on the same day and this is ready to go with Ryzen 3000 right out of the box. Having one of these will also allow your build to use the latest PCIe 4.0 SSD storage options from Gigabyte and Corsair.

For those want to create an all-new AMD system there are also two new Graphics Cards releasing – the AMD RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT – and these get also get an AMD REWARDS Microsoft GAMEPASS bonus, see more info on that here 🙂

AMD RX 5000 Series Essentials…

Graphics Card: Radeon RX 5700
Power Inputs: 1x 6pin 1x 8pin
Display Outputs: 3x DisplayPort 1x HDMI
Length: 270mm
VRAM: 8GB GDDR6
Base Clock: 1465MHz
Boost Clock: 1725MHz

Graphics Card: Radeon RX 5700 XT
Power Inputs: 1x 6pin 1x 8pin
Display Outputs: 3x DisplayPort 1x HDMI
Length: 270mm
VRAM: 8GB GDDR6
Base Clock: 1605MHz
Boost Clock: 1905MHz

Massive thanks to ARTIS for capturing so much gameplay FPS test footage so fast, lots more AMD RX 5700 series gameplay on the ARTIS YouTube Channel.

Benchmark wise, 3D Mark has just released a new option for those wanting to test the AMD’s third-generation Ryzen processors, the new X570 motherboards and that oh so fancy PCIe 4.0 SSD.

GAME ON!

Nvidia GTX PUBG Tracksuit Bonus

UPDATE: This offer has now ended, see the latest Nvidia Promotions here!

Promotion details as below,

Nvidia have a new in-game bonus offer with selected GTX 1650, GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Ti Graphics Cards, Gaming Laptops/Desktop PC featuring this hardware.

See all the Graphics Cards, Gaming Laptops at Desktop PC included in the GTX PUBG Tracksuit Promotions at PB Tech.

The bonus this time around is an awesome green Nvidia tracksuit for use in PUBG, so you’ll have to have to own the PUBG game to use it, you can check out the T&C here. The tracksuit is actually made up of two in-game items, an Nvidia jersey jacket + matching Nvidia pants.

This in-game bonus offer is available on eligible purchases from July 5th and is set to end on the 30th of September 2019. (codes expire October 31st 2019)

Claiming your bonus is easy, but it depends on the brand of graphics card you’ve purchased – see below for Asus, Gigabyte Aorus and EVGA NZ links!

For Gaming Desktop PC / Graphics Cards

Gigabyte GTX 1600 Series AORUS PUBG Tracksuit Bonus Redemption

EVGA GTX 1600 Series PUBG Tracksuit Bonus Redemption

Asus ROG 1600 Series GTX PUBG Tracksuit Bonus Redemption

For Gaming Laptops

MSi GTX 1600 Series Gaming Laptops

Gigabyte AORUS GTX 1600 Series Gaming Laptops

Asus ROG Strix GTX 1600 Series Gaming Laptops

GAME ON!

Nvidia Super – RTX 2060S, RTX 2070S & RTX 2080S

Nvidia have a whole bunch of new graphics cards options for PC gamers in NZ and they’re calling them SUPER!

UPDATE: Nvidia have a new 2x Game BONUS up for grabs too! Check out the SUPERFAST SUPERNATURAL Promotion for more information.

Much like the existing Ti identifier, these new ‘S’ models (EG: ROG-STRIX-RTX2060S-O8G-GAMING) indicate the increased performance of the much loved RTX 2060, RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 options – with the new models named RTX 2060 SUPER, RTX 2070 SUPER and RTX 2080 SUPER. Right now, Nvidia is busy showing off the founders’ edition cards but there are some wonderful new aftermarket versions for these ones too!

Kicking off with the RTX 2060 SUPER models we get a 2GB memory upgrade bringing the total to 8GB onboard. This is nice for those playing games such as Apex Legends, which displays a memory warning when running the game on max settings with the 6GB card.

Looking at the first releases, we have some excellent new RTX 2060 Super Graphics Card models!

Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Windforce
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Gaming OC
Aorus GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER
EVGA GeForce RTX 2060S SUPER SC Ultra

The new RTX 2070S is running 8GB VRAM also, but the GPU architecture this time is taken from the RTX 2080 (Turing 104, classic RTX 2070 is using Turing 106) so it’s looking a lot like a cut-down RTX 2080 🙂 This, of course, makes the RTX 2070 Super Graphics Card power requirements change heavier due that increased performance, with the RTX 2070S now using the 8pin + 6pin power connection rather than a single 8-pin seen on the classic RTX 2070.

New models for RTX 2070 Super as below!

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Gaming OC
Asus GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Dual EVO
Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER
Aorus GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER

EVGA GeForce RTX 2070S SUPER Black
EVGA GeForce RTS 2070S SUPER XC

And that brings us to the new RTX 2080 Super, which is also running with 8GB VRAM and Turing 104 architecture just like the standard version, but with a few additional cores to boost that performance.

Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming OC
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Black Edition
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER XC
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER XC Ultra (really BIG!)
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER FTW3 Ultra (also really BIG!)

You can check out all the new models in the Nvidia Store at PB Tech, and be sure to keep your eyes on our Gaming PC builds for the latest!

GAME ON!

AMD REWARDS – Xbox Game Pass for PC BONUS!

RAISE THE GAME – Check out the new AMD Rewards offer here! 

Great news for those gearing up for their next Gaming PC build – AMD has announced an awesome new 3 Month Xbox Game Pass for PC Subscription BONUS offer available on selected AMD Ryzen CPU & Radeon RX Graphics Cards!

That’s right folks, Xbox Game Pass is coming to PC! Starting August 2019, players will have unlimited access to a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10, available to download and play. Xbox will continue to add more diverse titles to the library, including new games from Xbox Game Studios and well-known PC game developers and publishers on the day the games are released.

via Microsoft: Xbox Game Pass for PC will give players unlimited access to a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10, from well-known PC game developers and publishers such as Bethesda, Deep Silver, Devolver Digital, Paradox Interactive, SEGA, and more. And just as we committed on the console, it is our intent to include new games from Xbox Game Studios in Xbox Game Pass for PC the same day as their global release, including titles from newly acquired studios like Obsidian and inXile. We’re working with over 75 developers and publishers to bring PC content to the service and we’ll ensure the library remains curated and full of great PC titles across a variety of genres, with new games added every month. Xbox Game Pass for PC members will also receive discounts in the Microsoft Store on Windows of up to 20% on games currently in the library and up to 10% off related game DLC and add-ons.

Please note: This offer is now combined with a new AMD Rewards bonus.

GAME ON!

GGPC LOGITECH G JULY WINNER ANNOUNCED!

UPDATE: This event has now ended, check out the latest GGPC Promotions here!

UPDATE: July event winner is Leon W!

Throughout July, if you get yourself a Good Gaming PC you an register to redeem a G240 Gaming Mouse Pad to go with your new Gaming Rig.

The G240 provides edge-to-edge performance on a clean surface with just the right amount of friction for low-DPI manoeuvres. Crafted for maximum control of your mouse movements, your gaming will benefit from the consistent surface texture, also giving your mouse sensors better imagery for translating mouse movement into cursor movement.

A great mousepad for any mouse, but that’s not all, our Massive Gaming Prize Pack will also be going out to one lucky gamer!

IMPORTANT: To be in to win the MEGA Prize you must register for the Logitech G240 Bonus!

Our grand prize for July in made up off three distinctly impressive pieces of Logitech G Gaming Gear, the first of which has only just released in New Zealand, just in time for our lucky winner to enjoy!

First up we have the just released Logitech G935 Wireless Gaming Headset features advanced Pro-G audio drivers are made with hybrid mesh materials that provide the high-quality audio performance gaming demands. These Pro-G drivers deliver both clean and accurate highs as well as a deep rich bass that you would expect from premium headphones so you can experience incredible 7.1 surround sound with DTS Headphone:X 2.0 Surround Sound.  These audio technologies help to create a more lifelike in-game special awareness, allowing you to clearly hear enemies sneaking around.

Sporting a really good noise-cancelling boom mic, your communication in-game will be crispy clear and when you’re not using it the mic can be folded back into the headphones and is nearly invisible. G935 is travel-ready with an included mobile cable and secondary inline mic for mobile devices when you don’t want a microphone boom in your face.

Play either on the 2.4GHz wireless or use the 3.5mm analogue input on the headset to play wired without using battery power. Both the light strip and logo can each be programmed to different colours or effects or can be synchronised.

An outstanding new headset for sure, but our lucky July gamer will need a mouse that can handle high-speed moves, all while delivering maximum precision!

The Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Gaming Mouse features Logitech’s exclusive Fusion Engine sensor technology that can reliably track over 500 inches per second and Logitech’s exclusive Delta Zero sensor technology for unrivaled accuracy.

With on-the-fly DPI switching, you have the flexibility to react to the chaos of battle with precision. Snipe a foe across the map (250 DPI) before fleeing in the blink of an eye (4000 DPI). It also boasts eight programmable buttons that can be configured for complex macros or single keystrokes and four DPI settings that can be shifted on the fly.

Completing the winners setup is a keyboard 4x faster than standard, the G213 Prodigy Gaming Keyboard was designed for gaming, featuring ultra-quick, responsive feedback that is up to 4x faster than the 8ms report rate of standard keyboards and an anti-ghosting matrix that keeps you in control when you press multiple gaming keys simultaneously.

The G213 Prodigy features Logitech keys that are specially tuned to deliver a superior tactile response and performance profile. At full height, they deliver a full 4mm travel distance, 50g actuation force, and a quiet sound operation.

What a bunch of prizes!

Check out the all the latest Gaming PC and awesome Logitech G prizes, and keep your eyes on the GGPC Blog as we’ll announce the lucky MEGA PRIZE PACK winner at the end of the month!

GAME ON!